There are several testimonials by people using virgin coconut oil (VCO) for improving scalp conditions, hair, and skin issues. But it’s doubtful that a certified dermatologist would recommend that for most skin issues. It’s more likely that an external skin condition known as atopic dermatitis (AD), which causes excess dryness, inflammation, and pruritus (itching) will be prescribed a cortecosteroid cream to apply topically. The University of Central Florida Medical School offered a paper published early in 2017 titled “Coconut oil: The future of atopic dermatitis treatment?” Overall, VCO appears to be an emerging treatment for AD due to its safety and ability to both combat the suggested pathogenesis of AD and provide clinical improvement. More extensive trials that comprehensively examine the positive and negative effects of treating AD with VCO are indicated.
A recent study in India was devised to give scientific authenticity for a traditional Indian practice of massaging newborns' skin with coconut oil. The study was published by the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, in September 2015 as “Topical Oil Application and Trans-Epidermal Water Loss in Preterm Very Low Birth Weight Infants-A Randomized Trial." The researchers' objective was to determine coconut oil's protection against trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). There have been many attempts at resolving preterm and term birth water loss among newborns that are more along the technical lines of Western medicine's hospital hardware. This was the first study that focused on the traditional Indian method of massaging the infants with coconut oil. The researchers discovered the coconut oil treated infants had significantly lower TEWL than the group that was not treated topically with coconut oil. Those coconut oil treated newborn infants were without skin bacterial colonization and displayed an overall better quality of skin than the untreated group.
Using a facial cleanser as a part of your daily skin care ritual is one of the essential outward practices to maintaining clean, healthy skin. Many acne–fighting and exfoliating facial cleansers and masks contain little beads to help “polish” the skin by taking dead layers off, while a creamy and cleaning base should help moisturize and condition. Instead of shelling out money and being wasteful in the process of trial and error in trying to find a product that works for your skin, try making it at home with only two ingredients you probably already have: coconut oil and baking soda. Not only are these two ingredients readily available, they are also highly effective in treating problematic skin. Unlike all the fillers and toxic ingredients in normal store-bought cosmetics, these two ingredients are not only safe for your skin, but safe to be eaten as well.
Dry, scaly, itchy skin in wintertime occurs when your skin is depleted of moisture. Fortunately, there are simple and inexpensive remedies for this problem, most if not all of which can be found in your kitchen.
Both raw honey and coconut oil are nourishing for the skin and have been used for skin care for hundreds of years. Learn how to make a simple raw honey coconut oil face mask at home that will leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated.
You should never put on your body anything you can not, or would not eat. After many years of vast misrepresentation, coconut oil has gained wider acceptance not simply as a wholesome food, but as a medicinal agent capable of both nourishing and healing the body in ways that xenobiotic chemicals by their very nature can not.
Apparently, only the FDA can approve someone to poison you with mercury. They recently posted an article on their website warning consumers of the dangers of cosmetics produced outside the U.S. that contain mercury. But mercury embedded into your teeth via dental amalgams, or injected directly into your blood stream via the annual flu vaccination, is approved.
If you’ve ever looked at the fancy sugar scrubs in stores, they are often full of unnecessary ingredients, preservatives, and artificial colors and/or scents, all of which have no place on our delicate skin. Thankfully, you can make your own coconut oil sugar scrubs for a fraction of the price and it allows you to control the quality of ingredients used.
Health Impact News Editor Comments: The FDA announced that some skin care products such as soaps, skin creams, and lotions have been sold tainted with mercury. At least the FDA is admitting that mercury is toxic in skin care products! They don’t seem to want to warn people about it in their mouth however. See: Why […]